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Unicorn

23 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Straight Ahead Productions Ltd., under exclusive license to A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 1:13:29
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  • ASIN: B007YQC3SA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,102 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2006
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Unicorn was the third of four albums by Tyrannosaurus Rex and the last with Steve Peregrine Took. Released in May 1969, it followed the failure of their third single, Pewtor Suitor, in January. This had followed in the mould of the first two singles and albums by largely replicating the acoustic sound the band created onstage over the last year or so. The same could be said of the B-side, Warlord of The Royal Crocodiles, recorded near the start of the sessions for the album in December 1968.

Given that the duo had released two albums within the last twelve months, all written by Marc Bolan, the quality of the songs on Unicorn was remarkably strong, showing his considerable development as a writer, lyrically and musically, and fully utilising the flexible creativity of his musical partner Steve Took. Not anyway given to self-doubt, Marc Bolan must have been particularly confident at the outset of the sessions, and was therefore severely challenged by the commercial failure of Pewtor Suitor.

He met the challenge during the sessions, which lasted until 2nd February 1969, by experimenting with more instruments and multi-track overdubs, with the help of regular producer Tony Visconti and engineers Malcolm Toft and Rob Cabel, to create a much more complex panoply of chromatic sounds that incorporated Spectorish reverb and percussion. If not exactly a Wall Of Sound, they brilliantly complemented the beautiful idiosyncrasy of the songs. Marc added harmonium, lip organ and fonofidels to his repertoire, while Steve additionally supplied bass guitar, piano, drumkit and pixiepipe. Tony Visconti added some piano to Catblack. The result was a worthy 16-track successor to My People and Prophets and reversed their commercial decline by making a very healthy showing in the album charts.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 10 Dec 2007
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We all know of Marc Bolan as the iconic lead singer of T. Rex; that grand, strutting peacock of rock, the eternal star-child of glam, peeling off those ferocious guitar-lines amidst nonsense verse spiked with blistering innuendo. But few casual listeners have ever bothered to delve further into the musical Mecca of records that Bolan released prior to the abbreviation of the unwieldy Tyrannosaurus Rex moniker, and indeed, before the addition of Micky Finn, Steve Currie and Bill Legend to create that archetypical T. Rex sound.

I suppose it's still easy to dismiss Bolan's early work as nothing more than trite, hippy-era, airy-fairy nonsense; with some critics still seeing the icon (at this stage in his career, at least) as a bargain bin Syd Barrett, and no doubt instead preferring to think of T. Rex as a brand name that began its life with the release of Ride a White Swan in 1970 and died, alongside our hero, on that fateful night in September, 1977. But really, there was so much more to the legacy of Bolan, pre-T. Rextacy, that it seems almost criminal to ignore it -- with a clutch of underrated albums, like the preposterously titled My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (1968) and the later A Beard of Stars (1970) in particular standing out as exemplary pieces of work that could easily be ranked alongside the better known albums like Electric Warrior (1971) and The Slider (1972).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Oct 2007
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There is not a great deal to add to the review below but just to put my twopenneth in,I often think that this record demonstrates the quality of Marc's vocal ability, possibly like no other.The whole sound on this album is a rich cocophony, the likes of which you will probably never hear again (nor,it seems to me, is it likely that anything quite like this record will ever be produced by anyone ever again !)
This is a really marvellous Tyrannasaurus Rex album & shows how Bolan & Took had built significantly on the first two albums.
This is quite a nifty extended version of the album, how much the extra tracks add is debatable but it makes for alot of music for you hard earned money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie D on 14 Oct 2011
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'Unicorn' is more a product of certain aspects of its time than many other albums produced in 1969, which makes it interesting of itself. I like Marc Bolan and the various incarnations of T.Rex very much but did not find 'Unicorn' particularly easy listening. This review was written after a first playing of the album with the aim of giving a sense of initial impressions. I bought it because I have enjoyed snatches of 'pixiefied pop' on T.Rex compilations in the past but odd snatches interspersed amongst other musical styles is a bit different from a well packed, very good value expanded edition album all in 'pixiefied' style. Perhaps we're too used to expecting to instantly connect with music these days and one step removed from the album listening experience? Despite the hippie influence, coming through strong here is the enthusiasm, talent and charm Marc will rightly be remembered for. I wouldn't say every track here is a total gem but certainly some of the harmonies are glorious and very inventive. There's tremulo a plenty which, if you like Bolan too, you're unlikely to be averse to as it so much underpins his vocal style. 'Pewter Suitor' is possibly my favourite track; the vocals are reminiscent of the extended versions of 'Deborah'. I think 'Unicorn' will grow on me. If it doesn't, it won't be because I don't want it to.
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